Cloud computing can help fight cyberthreats

A report has suggested that cloud computing can be used to fight the cyberthreats that exist in bring your own device (BYOD) solutions.

The report, which was published by Gartner, claims that as more mobile devices are in use, many companies are seeing lapses in security. It is expected that by 2017 half of all workers will use a mobile device of some sort for work, meaning that additional security measures will need to be put into place by employers.

Analysts believe that cloud computing can be used by companies to protect their systems. Many cloud computing providers have in-built security that offers data protection and encryption, but companies still need to know which products are most suitable for their business.

The report is calling upon businesses to do more research to make sure that the cloud computing service they are using has the right amount of security and that they know exactly where their data is stored. Companies should also be providing training so that staff can recognise and deal with any security threats. A strong BYOD policy is needed, and once in place all staff should be made aware of it.

Cloud computing can help companies by storing data in one place so that staff using it have to log in before they can make any changes. All log-in details should be changed when an employee moves on, removing the possibility that they can access the data at a later date.